Horns Motion into High Spread Pick & Roll

Horns Motion into High Spread Pick & Roll

This action out of the Horns offense features motion to get all five players moving and segues into a high spread pick and roll in the middle of the floor. The main purpose of this action is to create potential scoring opportunities for each player on the floor.


Part 1 – Dribble Entry

Part 1 - Dribble Entry | Horns Motion into High Spread Pick and Roll

This is a wrinkle derived from The Encyclopedia of the Horns Offense with Fran Fraschilla.

Coach Fraschilla called this action false motion because it is originally designed as a decoy to the actual high spread options. However, this wrinkle features a couple of backdoor cuts so it may be possible to score before going into the ball screen action.

1 makes a dribble entry to the right side of the court.

That dribble action triggers 5 to go down to the left post block.

4 also replaces the position of 5 at the left high post.


Part 2 – Down Screen & Cut

Part 2 - Down Screen and First Cut | Horns Motion into High Spread Pick and Roll

Next, 4 sets a down screen for 5.

5 comes off that screen near the top of the three point line.

5 usually would be positioned at little bit higher out from the three point line to keep the floor spaced.

However, if 5 is a good shooter, 5 can move closer to the line for a potential 3 point shot.

From here, 1 reverses the ball to 5 and immediately cuts to the basket.

At the same time, 2 and 3 will leak up to the wings near the free throw line extended.

5 can deliver the pass to 1 for the layup if that is open.

If the layup option is not there, 1 cuts out to the deep corner that was previously held by 3.


Part 3 – Dribble Hand-Off & Cut

Part 3 - Dribble Hand-Off and Cut | Horns Motion into High Spread Pick and Roll

Next, 5 executes dribble hand-off with 3.

After the hand-off, 5 cuts to the rim looking for the possible pass back from 3 if available.

At the same time, 4 pops out to the weak side corner.

Following this, 3 dribbles towards the middle of the floor while 2 comes up high to meet 3 .

This time, 3 and 2 executes a stationary hand-off.

It is important for 2 to not dribble the ball yet.

After making the hand-off, 3 goes to 2’s former spot on the left wing.


Part 4 – Spread Pick and Roll Action

Part 4 - Spread Pick and Roll Action | Horns Motion into High Spread Pick and Roll

The post (in this case, 5) should set an angle screen based on a visual cue from the ball handler (which is 2 for this example).

Before taking the dribble, the ball handler should first be in the triple threat stance.

If the ball handler places the ball near the left ankle, the screener will set a screen on the right side.

Conversely, if the ball handler places the ball near the right ankle, the screener goes to set a screen on the left side.

From there, the ball handler sweeps across from left to right or vice-versa when taking the screen.

For this example, 5 will lift to set an on ball screen on the right side for 2.

2 now has the option to drive, kick out to a shooter, or pass to 5 who rolled hard to the basket.


Part 5 – Defender Cheats the Screen

Part 5 - Defender Cheats the Screen | Horns Motion into High Spread Pick and Roll

Coach Fraschilla also mentioned that if the defender cheats the screen, the ball handler is able to reject the screen and drive straight to the basket.

For this diagram, X2 cheats the screen (Ice defense) to try to take it away.

When 2 recognizes that, 2 simply drives to the basket and doesn’t take the screen.


Part 6 – Defender Goes Under the Screen

Part 6 - Defender Goes Under the Screen | Horns Motion into High Spread Pick and Roll

If the defender goes under the screen, 5 can simply re-screen the defender on the opposite side.

Also, Coach Fraschilla said that it is important that the screener is at an angle adjacent to the defender’s heel. By screening at that angle, it will slow down the defender from going under again.


Part 7 – Short Roll & Scoring Options

Part 7 - Short Roll and Scoring Options | Horns Motion into High Spread Pick and Roll

This is another option out of the Spread pick and roll action.

When 5 comes to set the ball screen for 2, X5 makes a hard hedge to attempt to disrupt the offense.

Once the hard hedge is recognized, 5 will make a short roll into the open area at the high post.

As that is happening, 4 makes a straight cut from the corner to the low post block on weak side.

For this example, 5 rolls to the right elbow and 2 makes a quick bounce pass.

From this point, there are a few options to look at.

5 can take the open jump shot.

5 can drive to the basket or possibly kick the ball out to 1 in the corner or 3 on the wing.

4 can duck in the paint and seal the defender and 5 can give the high low pass.


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